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2003 Chevrolet 2500HD fuel mileage

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Brad M., Jan 2, 2003.

  1. Brad M.

    Brad M. Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 33

    Hello everyone. New to the forum here, hope everyone had a good christmas. Just bought the truck last weekend and love it, have no idea why it took me so long to become a Chevy owner! We got the 2500HD extended cab with the 6 liter V8, 4.10 rear end, long bed. So far the family is very pleased! Will be using it to haul horse trailers and boats mostly, and the wifes main truck to go to work. What can we expect for mileage with this truck empty going down the road. Look forward to the replies and hope it does not hurt to bad. :) Thanks folks...
  2. WNY PAT

    WNY PAT Member
    Messages: 31


    Plowing: about 4-6 MPG
    Pulling 7K - 8K trailer: about 8-10 MPG
    Empty Highway: 12-14 MPG

    I have the 6.0L, X-Cab, 4X4, 4:10, 285-75-16 tires

    Ouch... at least I always thought so....

  3. Bishop

    Bishop Junior Member
    from 70584
    Messages: 3

    I've got a 1991 2500 Suburban 2W with 454ci, I always get 15mpg in town, 17-18mpg at about 80mph on interstates. It loves to run, I have to watch the gauge a lot, and after about 100 miles into a run on the interstate the bolts seems to tighten up on everything, the tires (16 inch) get smoother and the vibrations are gone, and soon it wants to cruise at about 100mph. The gauge only goes to 85, and the pin is about 95, and many times I find myself with the needle pressing on the gauge max-pin. I bought it used with 16K miles. It does not burn any oil.
    The one thing I do use in the oil is called QMI. I think QMI is the reason.
  4. Brad M.

    Brad M. Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 33

    Not very good at responses

    At this point this thread has had over 125 views and only 2 replies. not a very informative group at all. Thanks to the 2 folks who took the time to respond. Anybody know of a discussion forum where people respond?
  5. chtucker

    chtucker Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Uh yeah dude.

    Texas? How much plowing do you do there? Whats than annual snowfall?

    I think you need to check the top of your monitor.... Its says plowsite.com, Not "Hey I am lame, and I can't find a Chevy truck website"
  6. Brad M.

    Brad M. Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 33

    And you need to check the beginning of my thread moron. I stated what I wanted to know. There are chevy owners here and that was why I was asking. Just because you are plowing snow does not mean anything, you still drive the truck around.
  7. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415


    Not a 2003 but I have a 2001- 2500 HD 4x4 ext.cab short bed -6.0L- auto 4.10

    Best straight highway=18.9 mpg (cruise control at 68 mph)

    Easy around town = 14mpg

    Hard on the gas around town = 10 mpg

    Plowing ( not that it matters to you ) 6 mpg ;)
  8. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    Brad you emailed me and i responded to you.

    1.This site is the best out there.

    2.here are many subjects on fuel mileage and if you would have read and searched before you posted,,,you could have found your answer somewhere.

    last but not least,,, most of us have been pretty damn busy snowplowing.... and thats another reason you haven't recieved many answers.............so who's the moron
  9. Brad M.

    Brad M. Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 33

    Back off little man

    You were not too damn busy to stick your nose into something that did not concern you. There are many topics on this forum about Chevy trucks from leaking radiator to bumpy ride, give me a break. As of this morning there are almost 180 views on my thread, if you are so damn busy what are you doing on the internet. I came to this forum and wished everybody the best, stated a question and was looking forward to some intelligent correspondence. Instead I was told I was lame because I couldn't read. Now you stick your nose in trying to defend the first moron. There are more friendly forums out there and I will try to find one.
  10. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    i really love these people (outsiders) that come here and insult our members!
    brad m, if you are so dissatisfied with your results, leave and dont come back! this site has a lot of members, maybe out of those 125 people that viewed your original post, maybe only 2 of them own the same truck and can answer your question intelligently. maybe since you posted a question about fuel economy, on a site dedicated to snowplowing (hence the name plowsite). or maybe since your attitude frankly sucks, no one wants to help you!
  11. Brad M.

    Brad M. Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 33


    From my very first post I was very friendly, was I not? Like I said there are many threads that have nothing to do with plowing AT ALL. I know see that the majority of people would rather show that they are little boys and just want to argue and point fingers. Go make a snowman little boy.
  12. Brad M.

    Brad M. Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 33

    And one more thing, I was insulted first. What makes you so special? Were you an outsider at the time of you very first post? Or do I have to live somewhere up north to be accepted into this forum? Get a life.
  13. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415

    Hey Brad

    Just thought I'd say Thanks! :( you know, your welcome
    :( .
  14. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,141

    Brad M. lets try this again,i for one have tallied about 20 of those views on the board as i was curious about the mileage also,i dont own that truck so i can't help,you got a couple good replies,but to be honest most guys buy these trucks to work,they could really give a damn less what they get for mileage,thats not there purpose,i realize you wanted to know,but thats just the way it is!I have asked ?'s that have gotten little response and there's a couple were the help wouldn't stop,sometimes threads are missed and unread,hope you find what your lookin for.
  15. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    chtucker, THIS IS a Chevy Truck Forum. Snow has nothing to do with it. We want Chevy truck owners to join our community as much as we want those who own Chevy (or Dodge, or Ford)trucks that plow snow to join.

    Your above statement was out of line, AND you made a personal attack on Brad M.

    While you might not know it, years ago, in the beginning, there was a Chevy Truck Forum, BEFORE there was a Plowing Forum.

    I know because I was the Moderator of it, and it was created after I suggested it.

    I get hundreds of e mails a year asking for help with Chevy trucks. Some I reply to with the answers, and others I reply telling people to come here and post their question because I am too busy, or don't have the answer.

    I also have a LARGE link on my CHEVY TRUCK website to a "Great Discussion Forum for Chevy Truck Owners". Want to guess where that link leads to?

    Now, lets all shake hands and start over. :drinkup:

    Welcome to PlowSite Brad.

  16. Brad M.

    Brad M. Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 33

    Thank you Chuck..

    I appreciate you clearing the air so to speak, it was my understanding this forum was about the trucks and not just plowing. I plow my pastures at home with a tractor does that count? :) I would also like to apologize to everyone for the name calling I did, just happened to let it slip after the first negative post. Just because someone was rude to me does not make it right for me to be rude also. I am sorry and no hard feelings. :) We all enjoy our trucks and that should be the reason to come here and share info. Take care.........
  17. chtucker

    chtucker Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    please accept my apology also. It was out line to say what I did, the way I did. There is alot of information on this website and it is a great resource. Please give everyone time to respond to your questions, you will learn alot and it will be worth your time. I did.

    Again sorry.


  18. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    You have to forgive Howard, he owns a ford.
  19. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    Now that we are all friends again!

    Here's to the FORD owner!

    :drinkup: :drinkup: :drinkup:

    Rick :)
  20. Firesource

    Firesource Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    '03 Silverado 2500 HD Mileage

    Took delivery of my '03 2500HD, 4x4 / Ext. Cab / Short Bed on 11/12. To date (1/7) I have 3250 miles.

    1. Empty, combination city / highway >>> 10-12 MPG
    2. Loaded >>> 9-11 MPG
    3. Plowing >>> 7-9 MPG

    BTW, all 2500HD's come with the 4.10 axle - which adds to the fuel economy challenge.

    I will place my tonneau cover back on in the late Spring, in hopes that it may gain me 1-3 more MPG w/reduced drag (did help on my '00 1/2 ton).

    Good luck...